Books

Book of Jerry Garcia interviews due this fall

Written by The AP Tuesday, 30 June 2015 05:39

A book of previously unreleased Jerry Garcia interviews is coming out this fall to mark the 20th anniversary of his death and the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Grateful Dead.

Hachette Book Group imprint Black Dog & Levanthal announced that "Jerry on Jerry'' will be published in November.

Author Vendela Vida and the art of pretending

Written by HILLEL ITALIE,
AP National Writer
Thursday, 04 June 2015 07:28

Answering questions in a Casablanca police station, hoping to retrieve a missing backpack, author Vendela Vida was overcome by her feelings of good fortune.

“Halfway through the interview it just occurred to me that this was the entree into the novel,” says Vida, whose new book, “The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty,” begins with a stolen backpack in Casablanca.

Harper Lee prize: Finalists named for best legal fiction

Written by The AP Tuesday, 19 May 2015 08:19

Three books have been named as finalists for the 2015 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction. 

The trio was announced earlier this month by the University of Alabama School of Law and the American Bar Association's magazine ABA Journal.

Stephen King wins mystery award

Written by The AP Friday, 01 May 2015 09:48

Stephen King isn't only a master of horror. He's also a man of mystery.

King and Gillian Flynn were among the winners this week at the 69th annual Edgar Awards, presented by the Mystery Writers of America. King's crime story "Mr. Mercedes" received the best novel prize at the ceremony in midtown Manhattan. King has been an Edgar "Grand Master" since 2007 and his novel "Joyland" was a finalist last year for paperback original. 

Melissa Rivers is funny and affectionate in ‘Book of Joan’

Written by FRAZIER MOORE,
AP Television Writer
Thursday, 11 June 2015 11:33

Melissa Rivers wanted to laugh — and she wants her readers to do the same.

Consider it mission accomplished on both counts, thanks to her best-selling memoir, “The Book of Joan: Tales of Mirth, Mischief and Manipulation” (Crown Archetype). It’s a touching, revealing and above all funny paean to her mother, Joan Rivers, who died last September at 81 after complications from minor throat surgery.

Jonathan Franzen's fifth novel — 'Purity' — due in the fall

Written by HILLEL ITALIE,
AP National Writer
Tuesday, 02 June 2015 16:21

Writing has become no easier for Jonathan Franzen, whose fifth novel comes out this fall.

And neither, apparently, have interviews.

Argentina capital is bookstore capital of the world

Written by DEBORA REY,
AP writer
Thursday, 14 May 2015 08:42

All across Argentina's capital, lodged between the steakhouses, ice cream shops and pizzerias, is an abundance of something that is becoming scarce in many nations: bookstores.

From hole-in-the-wall joints with used copies of works by Jorge Luis Borges, Miguel de Cervantes and Gabriel Garcia Marquez to elegant buildings with the latest children's books in several languages, Buenos Aires is filled with locales that pay homage to print.

Review: ‘Pleasantville’ has gripping, believable plot

Written by OLINE H. COGDILL,
AP writer
Thursday, 23 April 2015 02:35

The compelling “Pleasantville” continues Attica Locke’s insightful look at African-American life in Houston, where politics, race and classism converge in myriad ways.

Locke sets her third novel in Pleasantville, a Houston neighborhood that was built after World War II specifically for black families “of means and class.” But this new black middle class also began to wield “unexpected political power” as the community became “a bargaining chip to politicians.”

Jennifer Morales writes about Milwaukee’s characters

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 04 June 2015 11:11

Jennifer Morales’ fiction debut, Meet Me Halfway, tells nine interconnected stories that depict Milwaukee’s diversity and its challenges.
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Meet Me Halfway (University of Wisconsin Press, 2015), the fiction debut by Jennifer Morales, is subtitled Milwaukee Stories for good reason. Milwaukee is as much a character in the novel as any of Morales’ others: high school students Johnquell and Taquan, Johnquell’s mother Gloria and his aunt Bee-Bee, the elderly Frances and Mrs. Czernicki, and dedicated teacher Mrs. Charles. 

Dissent: Book traces 400 years of protest, progress in US

Written by MARYCLAIRE DALE,
Associated Press
Monday, 01 June 2015 17:48

Most views of American history trace the rise of power and politics.

But Temple University professor Ralph Young has long been interested in an opposite force: the history of dissent.

Madeline Kahn biography goes beyond the laughs

Written by Douglass K. Daniel
AP writer
Saturday, 09 May 2015 04:55

She was delightful in "Paper Moon" and "Blazing Saddles," then uproarious as the monster's tuneful bride in "Young Frankenstein." Yet Madeline Kahn often didn't seem to appreciate her comedic talent, even though it kept her close to the hearts of audiences for three decades.

That's just one of the many sad notes that arise from "Madeline Kahn: Being the Music, A Life," William V. Madison's well-researched and insightful biography of Kahn, once hailed by New York Times critic Vincent Canby as possibly the funniest woman in films. Imagine getting such an accolade if being funny isn't really your goal.

A colorful account of the birth of modern art in Paris

Written by ANN LEVIN,
AP writer
Tuesday, 21 April 2015 19:30

At the dawn of the 20th century the Parisian district of Montmartre was still largely rural, a hillside village dotted with windmills, vineyards and tumbledown shacks.

There, a ragtag band of young artists, many of them foreigners, gravitated to the district’s cheap studios and galleries to nurture their artistic ambitions and, at night, divert themselves at its seedy bars and cabarets.